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Maria Marinella Landrum Maria Marinella Landrum was born August 11, 1934 in Trieste Italy. From age five to eleven she and her family endured the hardships of WWll. She assisted her family by secretly notifying others to not come to their home while they were under house arrest by the Nazis and Fascists who collaborated to disseminate fear among the residents. As a teenager she was a sports enthusiast participating in rink roller skating, mountain climbing, spelunking, skiing, and playing fullcourt basketball with her teammates. She had an operatic voice and studied to be a soprano singing arias from well-known operas until cost prevented her from continuing. She studied commercial business and then was offered a position as interpreter/translator in Sydney, Australia which she declined in order to accept a proposal of marriage. Marinella married Jerry Landrum, USAF, in 1956 and had one child before moving to the United States. She worked on Air Force bases for First National bank in Michigan and at the Officer’s Open Mess, Central Base Fund, and NAF Financial Management Branch while in Spain. Her last position was as telephone switchboard operator at Luke AFB Arizona. She attended Glendale Community College taking some academic and many special interest courses. She also attended art/ painting classes at the University of Seville, Spain and volunteered to arrange a writer’s award presentation where she appeared on national television to present the literary awards. Additionally, she read multitudes of books on varying topics. She passed away peacefully with family by her side August 27, 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Giorgio. She is survived by her sister Graziella, her husband Jerry of sixty-one years, her daughter Linda and son-in-law Paul Wolfe. Marinella was an effervescent, joyful, youthful-thinking individual who offered kindness and compassion to her family and those in need and defended them with all her might. She was wise, had a decisive will and offered sound advice. She was the bedrock of our family, the life of our party, and we miss her deeply. A remembrance of life with family and friends will take place October 13th at 12:30, at Ft. Tuthill Luke Air Force Base Recreation Area on the back patio of the hotel.
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